The women’s movement is too strong to stop, #Times Up, #Me Too and the very visual Google walk out just last week are just a few examples of a growing united front in the fight for equality. But what about the everyday events that have somehow become so normalised in our culture that they sometimes go unnoticed or unchallenged? What can we do, as bystanders, when we see inappropriate behaviour in pubs and clubs and how can we keep ourselves safe if we choose to challenge those behaving badly.
NUSU is one of many organisations to join the Shout-Up! campaign aimed at tackling sexual harassment and assault in licensed premises with bystander intervention the main focus.
Shout-Up! asks everyone to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to sexual harassment, making the bars, pubs and clubs in Newcastle safer places for everyone. Shout-Up! was conceived by Newcastle City Council's Safe Newcastle, Crystlsd and Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland.
Shout-Up! delivers training to venue staff enabling them to identify, understand and react to sexual harassment coupled with media, promotion and in venue-marketing which boldly proclaims venues a sexual harassment free zone. We are all responsible for making our communities safer.
Dawn Bowman, from Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland said, “We’re hugely encouraged by the support our ambassador venues have already shown in embracing Shout-Up! It’s important for us all that our bars, pubs and clubs are safe for everyone, men and women, to attend, enjoy and be merry! But the fact remains, that 1 in 4 women will experience sexual violence, and therefore, there is always more work to be done. The fact that well-known venues in Newcastle recognise this and are striving to be better is a testament to the proprietors of those venues. Rape Crisis Tyneside and Northumberland will be delivering specialist training to the venue staff so that they understand the impact of sexual harassment on their patrons, and will upskill them in how to react appropriately.”
A positive step forward in supporting people, of all genders, working in or enjoying a night out in Newcastle.
For more information on the campaign please contact Jack Green (NUSU Welfare & Equality Officer 2018/19) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
*If you have experienced sexual violence and are looking for help and support please go to It Happens Here (https://www.nusu.co.uk/support/ithappenshere/) It Happens Here’ is NUSU’s accessible online disclosure system for Sexual Harassment, Sexual Violence, Hate Crime, Discrimination and Bullying. The system is supported by NUSU’s ‘It Happens Here’ student led society aiming to raise awareness of sexual violence on the University campus.